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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan discussed the situation in Syria in a phone talk with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, the administration of the Turkish president said in a message on April 17.

He added that the United States, Britain and France carried out an aggressive attack against Syria, saying, "It is a very ugly precedent in worldwide relations that some powerful and bullying countries attack a country whenever they like".

The Turkish president, for his part, said his country's cooperation with Iran and Russian Federation to help ease tensions in Syria is a main priority, Iran's official news agency IRNA reported.

He said the US-led strikes on Syria were an aggressive move which has created a disgusting heresy in the global relations.

Rouhani slammed the West for its double standards when it comes to chemical attacks and said "the western powers' silence towards Saddam's use of chemical weapons against Iran showed us how passive these countries are about chemical attacks".

He said all countries must react to illegal meddling with regional issues, adding, "When nothing has been proven and inspectors of the Organization for Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) have not announced the results of their research and investigations, no country or countries must be allowed to carry out a military action."

Erodgan, for his part, welcomed any move paving the way for expansion of ties between Turkey and Iran.

Erdogan also dismissed any use of chemical weapons and said all involved sides should help chemical weapons experts in their mission to probe the alleged use of the weapons in Syria.

The leaders spoke about Syria's territorial integrity, adding that it was important to continue the joint efforts by Turkey, Iran and Russian Federation for a lasting political solution to the Syrian crisis as part of the Astana peace process.

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